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The Great Gatsby

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The Novel as Modernist Literature

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Most critics consider Gatsby an example of modernist literature. Some characteristics of modernism include the changing class structure, the consequences of technology, and the dehumanization of people in an age of technology and industry.

Which quote from the text is most representative modernism in this text?

A

"Up-stairs, in the solemn echoing drive she let four taxicabs drive away before she selected a new one, lavender-colored with grey upholstery."

B

"One of the three shops it contained was for rent and another was an all-night restaurant, approached by a trail of ashes."

C

"About half way between West Egg and New York the motor road hastily joins the railroad and runs beside it for a quarter of a mile, so as to shrink away from a certain desolate area of land. "

D

“Get some chairs, why don’t you, so somebody can sit down.” “Oh, sure,” agreed Wilson hurriedly, and went toward the little office, mingling immediately with the cement color of the walls."

E

"The sister, Catherine, was a slender, wordy girl of about thirty, with a solid, sticky bob of red hair and a complexion powdered milky white."